Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham started Saturday’s Iron Bowl by completing 12 of his first 13 pass attempts, but when Gus Malzahn drew up the first touchdown pass of the afternoon for the Tigers, it wasn’t Stidham under center.
Instead, it was Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson who completed his team’s 95-yard drive in the first quarter with a three-yard touchdown jump-pass to Nate Craig-Myers:
Johnson is the fifth Auburn player to throw a pass this season. Stidham, as you might imagine, leads the team with 281 pass attempts through 11 games and one quarter. Two other quarterbacks, Malik Willis and Devin Adams, have combined to go 7-for-9 for 44 yards and a touchdown in spot play, and wideout Ryan Davis is 1-for-2 for 62 yards and a touchdown this year.
But Johnson is the first running back to throw the ball in the orange-and-blue this season, and he made his first toss of the season count.
After one quarter, Malzahn’s offense was rolling, with more than 10 minutes of possession, 150 yards, four third-down conversions and the only touchdown of the game.